Monday, July 19, 2010

Athlete Spotlighting #10) Joe Michalowicz

Hello Everyone!

Our 10th Athlete Spotlight is very popular at AGSP. He always comes to AGSP ready to become a better athlete, respects the program, and is a great example for other athletes. He started the program learning the movements with little to no weight (like ALL of our athletes), but now he lifts as much as athletes twice his age. He's only in elementary school, but he's becoming a master of speed and strength. It's time to meet...

Athlete Name: Joe Michalowicz
Sport(s): Football
Defensive Line, Offensive Line
Lincoln Elementary
Graduation Year:
AGSP Athlete Since: October, 2009
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Cleveland Browns
Favorite Professional Athlete:
Jared Allen

Favorite Lift:
Back Squat
Favorite Movement Skill:
When I am not training at AGSP, I am playing basketball and football and hanging out with friends.
What are your short-term goals?
Play for the "B Team". Be one of the best players in the league. Sack the quarterback! Carry the ball!
What are your long-term goals?
Keep getting stronger. Play high school football. Play for Ohio State. Play in the NFL!
How has AGSP impacted you performance as an athlete?
I am stronger, faster and more explosive. I am learning how to train and how to keep getting better!

Here he is hang cleaning 30 KG!

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hudson Football Camp 2010

Hello Everyone,

I'd like to take a moment to share the great experience I had Wednesday July 14th at the 2010 Hudson Football Camp AKA The Narducci Camp.

Coach Narducci invited Akron General Sports Performance out to show the aspiring football players ways to improve their speed and performance. We worked with 6-9th graders, then with the 3-5the about FUN!

Coach Narducci's Camp is an awesome blend of learning and games. He's able to make the campers better football players and Wednesday we helped them become faster athletes. I was so impressed with the Varsity Football Players that were helping the young campers and with all the neat take-homes Coach Narducci had for the campers. Everything from great information on how to be a better football player to oven mitts to t-shirts to certificates with campers' performance times!

Coach Nate sporting the 2010 Hudson Football Camp shirt.

It was an honor to participate in such a great camp. If you or the football player in your life didn't make it this year, you have to go to next year's Narducci Camp!

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart

Monday, July 5, 2010

Practice what you preach

Hello Everyone!

Talk the talk and walk the walk. A good coach/trainer should not only have the knowledge needed to serve his/her athletes, but should also live the lifestyle he/she preaches.

I am not an endurance runner, but I do preach overall fitness and being able to perform the 10 General Physical Skills:
  1. Cardiovascular Endurance
  2. Stamina
  3. Strength
  4. Flexibility
  5. Power
  6. Speed
  7. Coordination
  8. Accuracy
  9. Agility
  10. Balance
Today was a first for me, a 4 mile race, The Stow Firecracker Run. Training and practicing for the race taught me a lot about what many of my Adult Performance members go through when they prepare for an endurance event. Even though it was only 1/6 of a marathon, I feel that I am a better coach because I practiced what a preached...

2010 Stow Firecracker 4 mile Run
9 Adult Performance Members Participated
All completed the 4 miles in great times and for some it was the first race they've ever run

Before the run.
Myself, Dan, Ron, Eric, Juli, Keith, Jill, Dave, Kim

After the run, waiting for the moms to be :-)
Myself, Steve, Dan, Keith, Dave, Kim

Parents to be after the run/fast walk
Dave, Jill, Juli, Eric

Knowledge is gained through learner, Wisdom is gained through experience. Today wisdom was gained through a great experience with great people!

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart

* NOTE: Sport athletes (football, basketball, baseball, etc) should NOT run miles to prepare for their sports. The majority of sports are interval based events and should be trained accordingly. See Interval Training for Athletes for more information.